THE SECRET LESSON OF TWO WIDOWS (Continued)
Redemption now blazes into view and Elijah, or a type of the Word of God, has room to bring spiritual bounty into that which was desolate and ready to die. All the ingredients of Christ and His Redemptive Work are present: two sticks or the witness of the Cross, a handful of meal in a barrel or Christ’s Body, a little oil in a cruse or the Spirit by which God raised Jesus from the dead and an obedient widow or selfless believer.
Notice the widow said her plan was to dress what she had for herself and her son and die. Elijah told her to do as she said but first bring make him a little cake. To die? Yes, because it is written: "For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God _Colossians 3:3." This death is to the old nature so that one can enter the life in the spirit. When that happens, one enters a life of an inexhaustible supply. "And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the Lord…"
The second account is found in Luke 21:1-4: "And he looked up, and saw the rich men casting their gifts into the treasury. 2 And he saw also a certain poor widow casting in thither two mites. 3 And he said, Of a truth I say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast in more than they all: 4 for all these have of their abundance cast in unto the offerings of God: but she of her penury hath cast in all the living that she had."
Like the widow in the Old Testament, this widow is in the Presence of the Word of God, Jesus Christ our Lord. Jesus noted that she was a poor widow or one decifient and empty who gave in contrast to rich men who gave of their abundance. Her two mites carry the same spiritual significance of the widow’s two sticks. A mite was a very small brass coin. This poor widow representing one void of self, gave all her living. May we grasp the meaning of this powerful secret.